Twelve low-paid workers at the Wishaw based fishing rod manufacturer Daiwa Sports will take strike action next week over a long-standing pay dispute with local management.
The assembly line workers, all women, have rejected Daiwa’s pay increase imposition of a below-inflation 1.5 per cent for 2013 and will now take to the picket line in a forty-eight hour action, starting 00.01 hours on Monday 24 February.
The women, a mix of both full-time and part-time workers, are the lowest paid of the 100- strong workforce at Wishaw, currently receiving a modest hourly rate of £6.72 an hour.
Unite regional industrial officer Willie McGonigle said, “Daiwa management have basically stonewalled our members’ attempts to negotiate a fair pay deal for themselves and their families with their below-inflation imposition.
“The workers see the company invest thousands of pounds in new CCTV operations across the site and a management car-park that’s full of lavish cars, yet the same management won’t even entertain a courteous discussion over improving the terms of these low-paid workers.
“This is no way to conduct employment relations in the 21st century and quite frankly they are being totally disrespectful to these twelve loyal and local workers who simply don’t want to be cut further adrift from the rest of the shop-floor on basic pay.”
For further information please contact Unite regional industrial officer Willie McGonigle on 07810 157912 or Peter Welsh on 07810157931.
Picket lines will be in action from 06.00 hours Monday 24 February, 2 Netherdale Rd, Netherton Industrial Estate, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 0EY
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Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.